Record-Setting Six Miami FC Players Named to NASL Best Xl

Nov 9, 2017

NEW YORK (November 9, 2017) - The North American Soccer League (NASL) unveiled its 2017 Best XI on Thursday afternoon.

The Miami FC, which won both the Spring and Fall Season titles, has six of its players included in this year’s Best XI, setting a another NASL record.

GK: Daniel Vega (Miami FC) – He was the only goalkeeper to start all 32 games this year, posting a goals against average of 0.88. He kept 15 clean sheets, which was one shy of tying a league record, and made 81 saves. He also earned the most goalkeeper victories in a season with 21. The former River Plate goalkeeper appeared on the Team of the Week three times and was also the recipient of the league’s Golden Glove award.

DEF: Mason Trafford (Miami FC) – The defender led the NASL in passing accuracy (for players with at least 10 appearances), connecting on 92.41 percent of his attempts. He made 98 clearances, while winning 57 duels and making five blocks. He appeared on the Team of the Week on three occasions.

MID: Richie Ryan (Miami FC) – The midfielder’s passing accuracy finished at an impressive mark of 90.7 percent. In addition to recording three assists during the campaign, he won 117 duels. The Irishman started in all 29 of his appearances to log 2,433 total minutes. Ryan made the Team of the Week three times, and like Albadawi, this NASL Best XI honor is the second of his career.

MID: Dylan Mares (Miami FC) – The NASL veteran swapped Indy Eleven for Miami FC prior to the 2017 season and made a major impact on his new club’s attack. He played in 29 games (27 starts) and scored eight times. He also added five assists in his 2,206 minutes of play. Mares was included in the Team of the Week eight times.

FWD: Vincenzo Rennella (Miami FC) – He scored 11 times and added five assists in 1,538 minutes this year. Rennella started in 17 of his 23 appearances, earning Player of the Month honors in June, Player of the Week honors on one occasion, and Team of the Week honors five times.

FWD: Stéfano Pinho (Miami FC) – The forward showcased his dangerous attacking abilities, scoring 17 goals to earn the league’s Golden Boot award. He started in 26 of his 27 appearances and added four assists to his goal tally in 2,186 minutes of action. Pinho was a two-time Player of the Week in 2017, and an eight-time Team of the Week honoree. This recognition marks Pinho’s second career appearance on the NASL Best XI.